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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

 -  Comedy | Family | Fantasy  -  22 April 1949 (USA)
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A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Its laughter will ring through the centuries!


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Na Corte do Rei Artur  »

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It was hoped that the song "If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon" would be as big a hit as Bing's previous hit "Swingin' On A Star" but it never caught on and was never put out on records. See more »

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In the joust between Hank and Lancelot, cranes are used to lift them to their horses. Those cranes - whose obvious purpose is to make Martin and Lancelot look utterly ridiculous - are copied from an scene in Olivier's The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France, and are totally fictional; in reality, a full suit of armor did not weigh more than the full equipment of a modern day infantryman, and knights were drilled to be fully able to mount a horse without needing any silly mechanical aids. See more »

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[first lines]
Hank Martin: Here ya are.
[pays taxi driver]
Hank Martin: Hey, has this castle always had four turrets?
Pendragon Castle door man: Always.
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IF YOU STUB YOUR TOE ON THE MOON
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and child chorus
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Lavish Twain
24 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Stylishly directed, picturesquely photographed and brilliantly acted — Crosby's interpretation seems exactly right, Hardwicke has his best role ever, while Bendix is a treat too — this Yankee's appeal is universal and irresistible.

One of the principal joys of the movie, of course, are the songs. As might be expected, Bing is in fine voice. And although Hardwicke's solo has been cut, we can still hear him sing heartily as he dances merrily with Crosby and Bendix in their famous novelty number, "Busy Doing Nothing". It's also a treat to hear Rhonda Fleming, who, although she enjoyed an extensive stage and concert career as a singer, was rarely given a chance to be heard in the cinema. She has a lovely voice that more than matches her ravishing looks—and she looks very fetching indeed in her Mary Kay Dodson costumes.

Director Tay Garnett gets the most out of his lavish budget, using all the resources at his command to present every fabulous scene as effectively as possible. (Perhaps the eclipse looks a trifle too contrived, but who's complaining?)

In short, as the trailer actually describes, an entertainment delight from start to finish.


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